ALICE KAHN LADAS, EdD was the chair of the USABP Research Committee from its inception in 1999 until 2008.  In recognition of her tireless efforts to further research in the field of Body Psychotherapy, the USABP honored Dr. Ladas by naming their research award The Alice K. Ladas Research Award.

Dr. Ladas was instrumental in creating the Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis in the 1950’s.  She established Lamaze education in the U.S.  In 1982 she co-authored The G Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality, which became an international bestseller.  She is a mother, grandmother, social worker, sex therapist, body-psychotherapist, and licensed psychologist..  She continues to practice as a Somatic Psychologist in Santa Fe, NM, and NYC.

For Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy by a Student

2012   Daniel Lewis
Nina Bull: The Work, Life, and Legacy of a Somatic Pioneer

2010  Jennifer Bruha
The Effects of Body Experience and Mindfulness on Body-Image Disturbance and Eating Disorders

2008  Jeanne M. Denney
The Effects of States of Compassionate Presence on People in Coatose States Near Death

2005   Amelia H. Kaplan Psy. M. and Laurie F. Schwartz, M.Th., M.S.
Listening to the Body:  Pragmatic Case Studies of Body-Centered Psychotherapy


For Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy

2016 Robyn Cruz

Outstanding Research and Multiple works in BodyWork

2012  Gary A. Glickman
Gender as a Relational Somatic Experience: How Body-Centered Might Be Participating in Gendering Clients
(An Experiential Conversation)

2010  Joan Klagsbrun, Susan L. Lennox  & Lauren Summers
The Effect of “Clearing a Space” on Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer

2008      Morgan Lazzaro-Smith
Reconciling Body and Self:   Body Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

2005     Margit Koemeda-Lutz et al
Preliminary Results Concerning the Effectiveness of Body Psychotherapies in Outpatient Settings – A Multi-Center Study in Germany and Switzerland

2002      Christa D. Ventling, DPhil
Efficacy of Bioenergetic Therapies and Stability of the Therapeutic Result:  A Retrospective Investigation

2000      Pamela Pettinati
The Relative Efficacy of Various Complementary Modalities in the Lives of Patients with Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study.